J.B. Smith, Jr. of Huntsville, Texas was born June 16, 1950. To his family and friends, he was known as “Bitty Boy”.
J.B. went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 24, 2020, at his home in Huntsville, Texas after a tenacious 8-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 69 years old and was the 3rd child born to the late J.B. and Marguriett Waugh Smith.
He proudly served 3 years in the U.S. Army. From there J.B. went on to build his career with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He retired after 27 years of service, 22 of those years of service is dedicated to the Walls Unit in Huntsville, Texas.
Bitty Boy was a great outdoorsman. His most treasured love was rabbit hunting with his nephews, Tim and Daniel Smith and many of his avid rabbit hunting friends. He also enjoyed raising and tending to his flock of chickens, family reunions, and playing dominoes. He was known as “The Domino King” by his sister-in-law, Cindy Shelton.
In addition to his parents, J.B. and Marguriett, he was preceded in death by his stepmother Margaret McVey Smith, sister Joyce Keller Wilson, sister Mae Smith Wittkohl and brother Jerry Smith, Sr. and wife Darlene Cannon Smith.
J.B. is survived by his loving and devoted wife Christy Pressler Smith of Huntsville, Texas, brother Charles Smith of Huntsville, Texas, sister Sherry Smith Hawkins of Blanco, Texas, sister Faye Smith Lechow and husband Charlie of Johnson City, Texas and sister-in-law Cindy Shelton of Pasadena, Texas. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. A heartfelt acknowledgment to nephew Tim Smith who was like a son to him. He will be remembered lovingly and with joy by many and greatly missed.
A special note of thanks to Allumine Health Hospice team who loved and cared for him and helped in so many ways to make his passing peaceful and comfortable. We could not have done it without them. They are truly our angels on earth.
Bitty Boy did not want a memorial service as he was a very quiet and private man that did not like a lot of attention. There will be a celebration of life at a later date to honor him.